Best POS/inventory management for a shop selling a mixture of unbarcoded and barcoded items (i.e. some loose stuff) and wishing to monitor stock levels, produce meaningful reports. Can't decide between Mac/Windows/Cloud...
I find out today if I am to be the owner of a thriving small retail business. Exciting times. But I want to use the right POS.
I've worked in retail before and the shop had a computerised POS system which I suppose was linked to "the cloud" (in that we connected to it via SSL and everything was fetched and sent to the server at head office).
This system kept track of inventory levels, could dispaly profit margins, could process returns, control the cash drawer, debit card reader, receipt printer and print price labels using the label printer amongst other things. It wasn't perfect (it was ugly for one and not controllable with a mouse for another) but it worked fine.
This new business currently uses two standard
cash registers which are linked to a computer in the backroom. This computer can apparently pull of some basic stats like sales category reporting, but I think it's pretty limited. I don't think stock levels are tracked. I don't think POs can be generated or sent automatically.
I'm tempted by VENDHQ because it seems fast and powerful with offline capability and would work on a Mac but I'm wondering if either a native Windows app or an upgraded cash register (perhaps with touch screen) linked to a computer as now would be better.
Any tips very welcome, especially about how to manage the non-barcoded loose products (like screws, lengths of timber etc).